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Cablegate: South African Attendance at Unga

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PREL OTRA OVIP KSEP UNGA SF
SUBJECT: SOUTH AFRICAN ATTENDANCE AT UNGA

REF: STATE 72078

(SBU) Following is Post's information on attendance of South
African Government (SAG) officials at the 63rd UN General
Assembly General Debate. The SAG has not finalized its
delegation list, but Department of Foreign Affairs staff told
Post that they expect the President, Foreign Minister, the
Deputy Foreign Minister, the President's Legal Advisor, and
at least one DFA Deputy Director General (A/S equivalent) to
attend.

A. Attendance of Head of State

-- Thabo Mbeki, President of the Republic of South Africa

-- No information on arrival or departure dates, although we
believe it is likely that President Mbeki would attend the
High-Level meeting on NEPAD September 22.

-- Not certain if Mrs. Mbeki will travel with President.

-- No interpretation required in meetings.

B. Attendance of Head of Government

-- President Mbeki serves as both Head of Government and Head
of State

C. Attendance of Foreign Minister

-- Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Minister for Foreign Affairs.

-- No information on arrival or departure dates. DFA expects
ForMin to stay in New York for approximately two weeks

-- Not married.

-- No interpretation required in meetings.

D. Attendance of other host country VIPs: Unknown.

E. Attendance of Foreign Ministry Official responsible for IO
affairs or official who is regular interlocutor of A/S Frazer

-- Likely that Ambassador S. George Nene, DFA Deputy Director
General: Multilateral Affairs (IO A/S equivalent), will
attend UNGA. No information on arrival or departure dates.
No interpretation required.

-- Likely that Aziz Pahad, Deputy Foreign Minister, will
attend UNGA. No information on arrival or departure dates.
No interpretation required.

-- Likely that Advocate Mojanku Gumbi, Legal Advisor to the
President, will attend UNGA. No information on arrival or
departure dates. No interpretation required.
BOST

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